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Zhanibek Alimkhanuly to Win Outright
Fight to Go the Distance
Middleweight boxing takes centre stage in Las Vegas this Saturday night, with the Palm Springs Casino hosting a WBO World Middleweight Title fight between Janibek Alimkhanuly and Denzel Bentley.
Kazakhstan’s Alimkhanuly is the current WBO World Middleweight Champion, and will be putting that title plus his unbeaten record on the line this weekend when he walks out against England’s Bentley. The Brit is riding a three fight win streak, and brings an admirable 17-1-1 record into this clash as he attempts to cause an upset and leave Las Vegas with more belts than he arrived.
We look at all the best bets to make on this clash, and give our expert Alimkhanuly vs Bentley predictions.
Alimkhanuly vs Bentley Predictions
Looking at the bookies’ odds, this match up is beginning to appear fairly one-sided, despite the fighter’s even records. Here’s how we think this one will unfold:
Zhanibek Alimkhanuly to Win Outright @ 1/10 (1.06)
The Kazakh champion is an overwhelming favourite here, and it would be nothing short of a shock upset if the WBO World Middleweight Belt went home with anyone other than Alimkhanuly on Saturday night.
While this isn’t a particularly lucrative bet to take, it’s a fairly secure one. Alimkhanuly has won each of the 12 fights that he’s fought since debuting as a professional in 2018, and not many of them have looked close. Seven of his match ups have ended early, and it seems the Kazakh will be a cut above his British opponent on Saturday night.
For a conservative bet, take Zhanibek Alimkhanuly for the outright win at 1/10 (1.06).
Fight to Go the Distance @ 9/2 (5.50)
This bet goes against the bookies, who have this fight finishing early at 1/7 (1.14).
However, there’s an argument for putting money behind Bentley taking this one through to a decision. Of the 19 professional fights that Bentley has fought in the past five years, only once has he been stopped early. While it’s true that Bentley is unlikely to have the tools necessary to land enough points to win on a decision, he is also a 17-1-1 boxer who will be fighting for pride, if not victory.
Expect this one to defy the odds and go the distance, with Alimkhanuly winning on points but a healthy return being paid out to those who took this bet.
Alimkhanuly vs Bentley Betting Preview
Here’s a quick look at how each fighter got to this stage of their career:
Alimkhanuly’s Four Years of Domination
When Janibek Alimkhanuly debuted as a professional in 2018, he was already a decorated boxer.
The 29-year-old won gold medals at the 2013 Asian Championships and 2013 World Championships, as well as the 2014 Asian Games. Switching into boxing as a professional in 2018, Alimkhanuly began the way he meant to carry on, defeating Carlos Galvan. Since then, he has added another 11 scalps to his tally, claiming the WBO World Middleweight Title in 2022.
The Kazakh boxer has won his last six fights by way of knockout, including his most recent clash for the vacant WBO World Middleweight Title against Danny Digum, who he finished in the second round through an uppercut.
Bentley on the Comeback After First Loss
Debuting in 2017 as a professional, Denzel Bentley has had a high workload fighting 19 times in the past five years.
Up to April last year, Bentley had gone undefeated across his career so far. However, that all changed when he ran into Felix Cash, who knocked the Englishman out in the third round. Since then, Bentley has been rebuilding, stringing together three wins over Sam Evans, Linus Udofia and Marcus Morrison. Saturday night’s clash against Alimkhanuly will represent the toughest fight of Bentley’s career so far, and is a perfect opportunity to complete his comeback.
Tune in this Saturday night from 11:00 PM GMT to catch this title fight.